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2nd Call for Papers 7th Annual Nordic NIAS Council Conference at University of Southern Denmark 4-8 November 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013 to Friday, November 8, 2013

The conference and PhD Course are organized by SDU’s Negot in Chinese/Institute of Design and Communication at University of Southern Denmark and NIAS. The PhD Course is co-organized together with IIAS - International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden.

Opening and registration 4 November, Conference 5-6 November, PhD Course 7-8 November

As the movement of thoughts from East to West seem to increase, it is high time to realize the opportunities of a multipolar world and seriously consider all existing human experiences and knowledge systems. The present conference and PhD workshop will limit itself to Western and Asian experiences, in an effort of bringing the two into a creative and fruitful dialogue. In light of this, area studies and the different disciplines need to come together and share insights and identify theoretical and methodological approaches that might strike a reasonable balance between universal concerns and particular cultural understandings.

The following keynote speakers will inspire our proceedings

  • Nandita Chaudhary, Associated Professor, Lady Irwin College, Delhi University
  • Jan-Olof Nilsson, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Lund University
  • Jaan Valsiner, Professor, Department of Psychology Clark University, Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology, University  of Aalborg

More keynotes will be announced later

Commentators at the PhD course are

  • Nandita Chaudhary, Associated Professor, Lady Irwin College, Delhi University
  • Min Dongchao, Professor  & Director of the Centre for Gender and Culture Studies, Shanghai University
  • Geir Helgesen, Director NIAS –Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
  • Nikita A. Kharlamov, PhD, Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University
  • Willem Vogelsang, PhD, Institute Manager, IIAS - International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden
  • Qi Wang, Associated Professor, Department of Design and Communication, University of Southern Denmark

For more information please go to the conference website:


Visit from Shanghai

On July the 3rd a group of eighty (80) Chinese students from five universities in the greater Shanghai area visited NIAS. The European trip was organized by Fudan University and brought the group of students and some of their teachers to Oxford University and to  University of Copenhagen, where Professor Lars Bo Kaspersen, head of the department of Political Science and chairman of the NIAS board gave a lecture on “The development of the welfare state, Danish experiences”. Only the busy schedule and two buses waiting for the group stopped the lively discussions after the lecture. Our research guest of the summer, Dr. Chiu Chen-Yu presently a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture  at Aalto University, but originally from Taiwan assisted us as interpreter for those of the Chinese students who needed it. 

Chiu Chen-Yu New Visiting Researcher at NIAS

Chiu Chen-Yu graduated from Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan in 2002 with a Bachelor of Architecture. He achieved a Masters degree in Urban Design at Columbia University in New York in 2005 and received his PhD at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, in 2011.
In 2013, he works as a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Department of Architecture, Aalto University. His primary research interest is in the cross-cultural/national relationships within the field of design, history and theories of architecture, particularly in the work of Jørn Utzon and Chinese building culture.

University of Greenland now member of the Nordic NIAS Council

Illisimatusarfik, University of Greenland became the 25th member of the NNC group.

On June 26 Rector Tine Pars signed the NNC contract. We warmly welcome our colleagues and students in Greenland aiming at expanding their capacity on Asia. We look very much forward to working together on topical projects such as Asia in the Changing Arctic, and to introduce our new partners in Nuuk to the 24 other members and not least to our many counterparts in Asia.    


Current SUPRA student at NIAS

Mayumi Takahashi, PhD, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Topic: Young Children and Consumer Culture in Japan

New In Focus blog by Mai Corlin "Unearthing the Past: From Independent Filmmaking to Social Change"

There is a new In Focus blog by Mai Corlin on Unearthing the Past: From Independent Filmmaking to Social Change

Wu Wenguang, considered the father of independent Chinese documentary film, has since 2005 slowly but surely been handing over the camera to people on the margins and to younger generations of Chinese documentary filmmaking. In 2010 Wu and Caochangdi Workstation initiated the Folk Memory Documentary Project, where young filmmakers go to the countryside to gather and document memories of the Great Famine (1959-1961) from elderly villagers.

To read the blog, please click here

Mai Corlin is enrolled as PhD student at Aarhus University, Department of Culture and Society, Asia Section. Her project is entitled Utopian Imaginaries in Rural Reconstruction – Urban Activists in Rural China and is concerned with socially engaged art in the countryside of China.

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Laura Mursu, University of Helsinki
Topic: Manchus in Manchukuo – kings or underlings?

Sajal Roy, University of Bergen
Topic: Women’s perceptions about the Mangrove Forest "Sundarbans" and their patterns of use of forest resources’

Shawn Bender visiting researcher at NIAS

Shawn Bender is Associate Professor at Department of East Asian Studies, Dickinson College. He is in Copenhagen to do his research which is an ethnographic study of the use of Japanese robotics technologies for therapy in Danish nursing homes. This builds on work that was carried out in Japan and in Denmark last year.

Shawn is staying at NIAS from 3- 19 June

Current SUPRA students at NIAS

Irina Ganina, University of Turku
Topic: “Cool Japan” policy

Tian Yuan, University of Oslo
Topic: Teaching Chinese in upper secondary schools: A comparison between schools in Bergen and Oslo, Norway

How to win elections in Indonesia? Exhibition in NIAS Library

Thursday, May 30, 2013 to Saturday, August 31, 2013

On 30th June a new photo exhibition on "How to Win Elections in Indonesia? Insights from the Campaign for Jakarta Governor 2012" by Ph D Candidate Vera Altmeyer from NIAS is opening at the Faculty Library of Social Sciences in Copenhagen. The election shows a collection of photos from the campaigns of the opposing candidates in the election together with campaign videos and accompagnied by shorter background texts.

Vera Altmeyer is associated Ph D candidate at NIAS and is writing her Ph D thesis on the election campaigns. Her research aims to investigate how recent institutional changes regarding local elections and various (new) actors in campaigning influence the power relations between groups of actors in the national and local political sphere.

The exhibition will be officially launched at 16:30 with a presentation by Vera Altmeyer and will be on for three months.

Most of the exhibition will also be available later online at the In Focus blog on the AsiaPortal.

Invitation and more information